According to Common Dreams
On what one observer called “a sad day for warmongers,” the United Nations declared Friday that Iran is fully adhering to the nuclear deal reached in 2015, and that inspectors will not go looking for infractions at the request of the Trump administration.
Trump and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, have regarded Iran and the agreement with suspicion, with Trump threatening to withhold certification of Iranian compliance, and saying in an interview in July, “If it was up to me, I would have had them noncompliant 180 days ago.”
Haley traveled to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s headquarters last week to demand inspections of Iran’s military sites—but presented no evidence of suspicious activity by the Iranians. IAEA officials reported that they would not be going on a “fishing expedition” to find Iran guilty of noncompliance. “We’re not going to visit a military site…just to send a political signal,” an IAEA official told Reuters, saying, “If [the Trump administration wants] to bring down the deal, they will. We just don’t want to give them an excuse to.”
The IAEA found that Iran has honored the commitments it made in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), brokered by the Obama administration. Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program’s capabilities while the U.S. and five other world powers eased economic sanctions on the country.